Monday, October 25, 2010

Sami's Perfectly Placed Pleats - Moxie Fab World Challenge

Sami's Entry for the Perfectly Placed Pleats Challenge
So.. Sami likes to do challenges!  Yesterday she strolled through my blog reader looking for her favorites, and stumbled upon the Moxie Fab World Perfectly Placed Pleats Challenge.

I am just her photographer and blog poster! 

Here are her supplies:

Sentiment:  Hero Arts Holiday Sayings
Christmas Tree:  Her version of unique pleats
Racoon Stamp:  Imaginisce - Apple Cider Collection
Star Punch:  Stampin' Up
Copic Markers
Cardstock and Paper stock:  Archivers, Stampin' Up

Any praise left will be shared with Sami! 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hybrid Layout - Cathy Z. Template meets My Minds Eye Lost & Found

Step 1:  I created a digi layout using Cathy Z's 'The Monthy' Album Set - Available at Designer Digitals

Step 2:  I printed the digi layout, then created a 12x12 with the MME Lost & Found "Boy" Collection

Oh friends....
I am in crafty heaven!!!!  Between three different tutorials, and some wee hour video watching (3:30am this morning!)  I think I have finally gotten this whole digi hybrid thing - well, at least using templates! 

Confession:  I have tried digiscrapping several times.  I have purchased three different online classes, all very good, and from very talented instructors, but the LIGHT BULB just wasn't turning on!  And, I have purchased some lovely kits, only to get frustrated when my computer would not do what I was telling it to do (actually, it was doing exactly what I told it to do, but I was of course, doing the wrong wrong wrong things over and over.. Mainly, when using the templates and trying to get my photos into different layers and CLIP them!)  

Here are the links that helped me, which are all free, and are all on blogs that I subscribe to, that finally master clipping, and get to the layout you see above:
1.  This  past week's featured theme on Write.Click.Scrapbook was hybrid scrapbooking.  Francine Clouden has several great tutorials on creating a hybrid page using layered templates! And, she had some links to two other great tutorials...
2.  Here is the one from Cathy Zielske, which also includes a free template. I watched her video over and over.  THEN, the light-bulb finally went on!  I got it!!!!! 
3.  And, the icing on the cake... Ali Edwards has an awesome 40 minute long tutorial that takes you step by step through all things layered in templates!!! LOVE that one!

And, here are the products that I used:
1.  8 1/2 x 11 Monthly Layered Templates kit by Cathy Zielske, via Designer Digitals
2.  My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Kit:  Portobello Road.  Patterned Papers, button, twine, bicycle stamp, and sticker embellishment.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this kit!  Thank you MME!!!!! (I won the entire Lost and Found collection one fine day, when stalking their blog!
3.  Ink:  Stampin' Up Going Gray.  See that little bicycle down near the September title?  The color matches this collection perfectly!!!!!!! 
4.  HP Premium Plus Photo Paper:  Soft Gloss.  11.5 mil.  The weight is very important!  I was upset when I first opened it because the paper is 'thin'. But for this type of work - layering onto other papers, I LOVE IT!!! 

Journaling Reads:  24! That is how many miles you rode your bike for the school bike-a-thon for the Newport Trip!  The route was 5 miles.  I thought '5' would be it!  YOU raised $200 dollars!  WAY TO GO JAKE!

Background story about my layout:  My son was in a bike-a-thon for school one fine day in September.  I found out on a Monday, or Tuesday, that he was expected to ride his bike (on one of my market days), to raise money for his class trip to Newport, Oregon (in May of 2011) that Friday.  I was having a lovely conversation with his 6th grade teacher about him not being prepared, and that I had to drive 60 miles for work that day, etc.  First, I was a bit peeved about the lack of communication from the teacher.  And, that we had to get pledges (it's always a 'we' thing) for the ride, and this was just poor timing.  Anyway, we 'manned' up.  The course was 5 miles.  I got all the pledges within 24 hours (thank you family and friends!).  My son rode 24 miles!  This is a boy that does not ride his bike - hardly ever (on a ranch, nearest paved road is a highway and I do NOT allow the kids to ride w/o me).  I was so proud of him!!!  He did it, he was exhausted afterward, and he raised $200!!!!! 

Thank you for visiting!  And THANK YOU so much to the blogs that helped me finally 'get it'! 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Soccer Games That Get Played in the Dark! And What Happens When the Kids Are in Charge!

Yes, there was a game going on when I shot this! Poor kids! 

That's Better. Gradually the full moon rose under the clouds - and the sun went down on the other side!

Oops.  I shot more moon shots than kid shots.  Nice mix of dirt mound, wheel lines, and housing, eh?

Different Day - Better Light.  There's a ball in the air instead of the moon!
Fall.  The bummer about this time of year and outdoor sports, and living so far up in the Northern Hemisphere is the shorter days.  Our soccer games are played at a Sports Complex - with no outdoor lighting.

Then, you have the ever so brilliant schedule makers, who schedule 6:16 pm games,for our age group (older kids, later bedtimes)  that run 1.25 hours, yet the sunset is 6:28 pm - seriously.  I looked it up just now.

And sunrise?  6:52 am.  I'm sitting here in the dark at home at 6:08 am!

The kids won their 10 am Saturday game yesterday (yeah! And against some amazon Bigger kids. All the other teams have huge monster kids.  This is the age group before High School Soccer.  We are playing the same age group - 10-14,  however, ours are the youngest (you can play up, not down and ours are aged 9-12).    Sami said 'some big fat girl' pushed her down.  Good thing I was not there and a safe 150 miles away in Boise.  I have those mommy instincts.  Killer mommy instincts. I'm sure the big man upstairs deliberately had me elsewhere so I would not have embarrassed my dd, or the coach or the rest of the team - and those parents that watch without saying a peep.  I have fantasy visions of me encouraging my daughter to take her out or say something snarky, like 'excuse me for getting in your way'.  But she did the right thing.  She got up, and walked off and hid her tears!). 

Speaking of kids... I left at 4am.. all they had to do, was wake up, eat, have their soccer stuff ready and do chores.  I called at 6am to wake them.  And on my second (third?) call, at 6:15am, they were up and moving.  The game was 9:15 am. 

Well.... Something happened during that whole time frame.  Rumor has it (well, reality), that their ride arrived (even a half hour late!) while they were still out in one of the fields changing wheel lines.  Jake was out in the field while Sami ran home and got both of their soccer gear.

Between them, at the game, they had 1 pair of sox, and 3 soccer shoes!  They had to take turns playing!  But they had their jerseys!  And their team still won! 

And, a 'new dog' was at the house when I got home.  While they were doing the morning chores, they had time to find a stray dog, bringt it home, set it up with food and water, and well.. got side tracked!!!

Cute kids. 

And the dog is back with her family:)